US Patent No. 10,404,910

SUPER RESOLUTION IMAGING AND TRACKING SYSTEM


Patent No. 10,404,910
Issue Date September 03, 2019
Title Super Resolution Imaging And Tracking System
Inventorship Michael Mojaver, Poway, CA (US)
Assignee Epilog Imaging Systems, San Diego, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,404,910

1. An imaging system, comprising:an optical system configured to collect light from a field of view and direct the collected light to an image plane;
a rotatable platform, disposed within the image plane, to receive at least a portion of said collected light directed to said image plane,
a plurality of image detecting elements disposed on the platform,
wherein the plurality of image detecting elements is non-uniformly distributed over the platform, such that the distribution comprises a plurality of image detecting clusters or tiles, each of which has a density of image detecting elements greater than an average density of the image detecting elements over the platform,
wherein the disposition of the plurality of image detecting elements is such that one or more of the elements are separated from one or more other elements by an area of the platform in which no image detecting elements are present,
wherein said plurality of image detecting elements detect different portions of the light received by the rotatable platform as the platform rotates and generate image data corresponding to at least one portion of the field of view,
a processor, in communication with the plurality of image detecting elements,
wherein the processor is configured to:
receive the generated image data;
operate on the image data acquired by the plurality of image detecting elements in m number of the clusters to generate a global image from the image data representing at least a portion of the field of view and analyze the global image to identify any objects of interest in the field of view;
effect rotation of the rotatable platform about an axis of the image plane;
rotate the plurality of image detecting elements within the image plane; and
gather local image data corresponding to a portion of the field of view in the global image that contains the one or more objects of interest; and
operate on the image data acquired by a plurality of image detecting elements in n number of the clusters to generate the local image from the local image data representing at least a portion of the field of view depicted in the global image,
wherein n is greater than m,
wherein the global image created from the image data has a first resolution and the local image created form the local image data has a second resolution that is greater than the first resolution.